Penurious is an adjective that means marked by suffering.
Our word of the day comes from the Latin word penuria (pen YOOR ee uh) which means ‘poverty.’ The strict definition of penurious is ‘to be in poverty,’ but the ‘poverty’ in this case doesn’t only refer to not having much money. It can also refer to someone suffering a great deal. For example: I’m glad to hear that Cassie has been feeling much better these days. She’s seen some penurious days immediately after her surgery.